A Georgia animal shelter is working hard to make sure animals feel at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement shared its’ “Real Life Room,” for shelter animals dealing with stress during the coronavirus lockdowns. Many shelters have been closed to the public due to social distancing requirements.

“Real Life Room” includes a fluffy rug, a desk, a box of dog toys, a couch and a dog bed. Behavior coordinator Katie Corbett said the room helps shelter animals understand what the real world is like. “While we do love having them here we don’t want them to think this is the final outcome for them. So just being able to take them into a quiet space and let them rest on the couch away from the kennel noise and stress has just been really beneficial for them,” Corbett shared.


As of May 20, the shelter had 100 dogs and 40 cats available for adoption. To follow social distancing guidelines, the shelter will set up appointments for prospective owners and allows online applications.

“Our knowledgeable staff is available to help potential adopters or fosters find the perfect new addition to their family,” said Division Director Alan Davis. “We are waiving adoption fees so every pet has an opportunity to find a loving home.”

Learn more about pets and coronavirus, including transmitting the virus to pets, how to keep pets healthy during coronavirus, testing pets for the coronavirus, how to adopt a pet during social distancing, shelters struggling during coronavirus, and the man that fostered 100 dogs in the pandemic.

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